Mayor announces cash for 5,000 new London trees

Funding to plant 5,000 new street trees in London and to support tree and woodland community groups will be unveiled next week.

Mayor Boris Johnson announced the addition of the new trees as part of an existing pledge to plant 10,000 trees during his current term of office. The same number were planted the first time he was Mayor.

The amount of funding available for the contract has not been released, but in total the funding pot for all 10,000 trees is £1.7m. Community groups can also apply for £100,000 for tree and woodland community projects.

Both funding opportunities will open on 13 May.

Johnson said: "Maintaining London's trees and greenery is essential to preserve our status as the world's best big city to live, work and do business in. That is why I am funding programmes to plant thousands of new trees across the capital."

He also urged people to get involved in London Tree Week, which starts on Monday.

This is a series of community events organised by the RE:LEAF partnership, including free tree health demonstrations in Hyde Park and ‘yarn bombing’ trees outside the Garden Museum in Lambeth - a strange cross between knitting and street art.

The Mayor’s Street Tree Initiative, delivered in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Groundwork London, is open to all London boroughs and private landowners who own or manage public realm.

It is also open to civil society organisations and community groups working with or on behalf of boroughs and private landowners.

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